Evolution of a Shop #3: Lumber rack, storage, new bench. The plan evolves, too.

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Blog entry by Cory posted 01-28-2010 04:50 PM 4977 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Plan... Part 3 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 4: Miter saw/drill press bench almost complete »

After going to the woodworking show in Indy and brainstorming with my wife, I decided against a large shelving unit made from 2×4’s and plywood. Instead, I installed a rail and upright system that will be much more flexible and attractive to the next person who owns my house. That system also didn’t need to be finished/painted, which allowed me to install it in one quick evening’s work.

Here’s the before shot:

Here’s the after:

I took advantage of having all my stuff off of the shelves to really organize and decide what I needed to keep and what to throw away. Anything I haven’t touched in over a year got trashed. I also found that I was becoming a wood hoarder. In addition to a bunch of oak and cherry and some walnut that are for future projects, I had all kinds of small cutoffs in several places.

I kept playing the scene in Pulp Fiction where Jules and Vincent are at Jimmie’s house: Do you see a sign in my front yard that says small cutoffs storage? No. You know why? Because storing small cutoffs aint my business! I don’t have the room or the inclination to store a bunch of wood. I’m only going to buy what I need for that particular project.

The lumber that’s vertical and leaning against the wall and shelving (white oak and cherry) is what I’m going to use soon to wrap my new bench and build some shop furniture. My new dust collector will reside in its place.

I also installed the base cabinets along the wall. Man is that wall crooked. I’ve installed a bunch of cabinets and this was by far the worst wall I’ve ever encountered. It’s like they didn’t even care.

Here’s one of the old solid core doors waiting to be butchered into a bench top. 3’-0”-7’-0”, 1 3/4” thick and man was it heavy.

Next up install the top and add the cherry trim and install a french cleat above the bench to hang the cabinets and shelving and misc holders.

Thanks for looking.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 05:05 PM

Congrats on getting organized and realizing that small cutoffs ain’t your business.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 08:50 PM

Wow, what a difference! Cory this doesn’t even look like the same shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 09:03 PM

Hey mate looks like your hammering tho’s shopnotes projects i asent you good and proper the workshop is going to look fantastic when you have finished i just with i had space like you have

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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